Sunday, 20 January 2013

Pub quizzes Fairlynch

New faces at Knowle's local: Kate Knight with daughter Aisha and landlord Major Jeff White

Buying a house? Involved in commerce? It can often be fascinating to discover the former occupants of your new home or how a venture started. The new landlord of Knowle village's local is the latest business in the area seeking to find out more about the history of the building and its previous tenants. 

Going back to its original name is all part of Jeff White's keenness to explore the archives of this country pub and restaurant that for many years was known as The Dog and Donkey. “The pub started off as The Britannia back in Victorian times so we thought it was only right to respect its heritage and discover a bit more of its past,” says Jeff, pictured above with partner Kate Knight and her daughter Aisha who prepare quality food in the kitchen.

And that's where Fairlynch Museum comes in with its excellent local history records. The museum is always ready to help people interested in finding out about old-established Budleigh businesses. It has been a Devon Record Office service point since 2007 and the archives have useful items like local registers, the 1842 Tithe map and a whole cabinet of books on various aspects of old Budleigh.

Ready to welcome you in the restaurant: Sophie and Anne-Maria

Jeff is looking forward to restoring The Britannia as Knowle's local while providing restaurant meals that are quite a bit more ambitious than your average pub's. The building has been refurbished to a high standard while not taking away any of its atmosphere. 

We are really passionate about providing honestly good Devon food with excellent customer service,” says Kate. "All our food is locally sourced and we're finding that our customers appreciate dishes that are a bit out of the ordinary." There is a wine list to suit most palates and the bar serves a fine range of real ales.

Bookings for lunch and dinner at The Britannia are advisable.

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